Using RAIDMAX ITX case for NAS.
My case for my NAS, very small, sturdy, rolled edges inside, suitable for HTPC. But i decided to use it for my NAS.
Bought a CF-to-SATA adapter from eBay for 5$ shipped, planned to put the FreeNAS OS here, although I could just boot the whole thing from a USB stick.
All the SATA cables plugged in tightly against the 24 pins adapter.
Bought the wrong picoPSU, i needed a 24 pins, but accidentally bought a 20 pins. Went to buy a 20-24pin adapter for 3$.
Planning to go to Home Depot and grab another 0.99c metal plate, mount it there, then mount my SATA adapter over it.
Originally I was going to do a RAID1 NAS, but decided to fit one more HDD on top and make it a RAID5. On the left, you can see my manual fan controller for 2 of my back system fans. I had this fan controller for a while, but never installed it on my PC.
The little picoPSU that will be powering up my NAS. I think i will just leave it hanging there.
My DIY SATA power cables. Made a splitter cable to power the 2 HDD at the bottom, and made another extra long power cable to go all the way to the top to power my 3rd HDD. All HDDs are 2TB.
Here you can see how small the case really is. I could actually fit in a DVD-rom in there, but who still use DVD nowadays...? External USB DVD is the way to go.
I had to hack up my 20-to-24 pin adapter to tap the 12v for the CPU's 4-pins molex. Here the 2 yellow 12v wires had already been cut and soldered individually. I also need to solder the other 2 ground wires.
Everything soldered and heat-shrunk. Moment of truth now... gotta plug it in and hope that it won't blow up? :P
All plugged-in and tucked.
Closer look of the 20-to-24 pin adapter and my DIY 4-pin CPU cable hack.
picoPSU on top, 2 yellow wires are 12v for CPU, adapter tucked underneath.
picoPSU 120 watt powering up MSI E350-IA AMD APU 1.6 gHz, 4GB DDR3, 1 x 8GB CF card, 3 x 2TB HDDs, 3 Fans
w00t, loaded my FreeNAS 8.0 CD into my external DVDRom! Time to install it into the CompactFlash card!
Special thanks to Marvin donating his 8GB CF card.
From first boot to installation took less than 15 minutes. Very easy to setup.
The spec of my NAS.
This is where it sits now, right beside my DD-WRT router in the storage room.
FreeNAS with all the statistics for geeks!
Also installed Transmission BT client in my NAS box, took some time to set it up, but is working now!